In the past Jazz Music has come to symbolize many different political tendencies including freedom and democratic values, a symbol seen as a threat to order and a civil society with oppressive agendas.
As part of the Newtown Junctions commitment in bringing arts to the inner city and preserve the heritage of Newtown on the 11th of February it will open its stage to a musical dialogue between Louis Tebogo Moholo, Salim Washington and Andile Yenana with the Amandla Freedom Ensemble.
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble one of South Africa`s new jazz sensation is re-living the history of Jazz music through a series of intriguing musical dialogues titled Born to be Black.
Born to Be Black is the culmination of an endeavour to bring two evenings of musical brilliance from an intergenerational dialogue between the intense piano improvisations of Andile Yenana and the legendary percussionists Louis, Moholo-Moholo.
Louis Moholo is no stranger to the art of combining Jazz and politics.
Moholo played a pivotal role in the influential community of South African exiles who transformed the evolution of British jazz from the 1970s.
He formed The Blue Notes with Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Nikele Moyake, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana.
Moholo returned to South Africa in September 2005, performing with George Lewis at the UNYAZI Festival of Electronic Music inJohannesburg.
The performance will be expanded with a front line of four horns accompanied by the warm percussive sounds of Louis Moholo— Moholo and multiple award-winning pianist, composer and jazz scholar, Andile Yenana.
The audience can expect a larger than life line-up that promises to capture everyone`s spirit and communicate jazz in an unusual arrangement.
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